Excerpt: For the price and what it is it is a great budget tripod with a lot of versitility! I am used to the stability of an ENG camera on an O'Conner 35L I use this tripod with a Vanguard SBH-250 Ball Head The most load I have tested is with my Canon 70D (with Canon battery grip) on the plate mounted...
Excerpt: I got this model tripod "Alta Pro 283CT 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod by Vanguard" because the Vanguard model I originally ordered was discontinued. This turned out to be a blessing as this particular model is much better.
Excerpt: Love this new tripod. I had a slik for many years, but this one has so much more flexibility for getting into difficult situations. Plus, the light weight of the carbon fiber helps when I'm already carrying around so much equipment. The leg-locking mechanism works fast and easy.
Excerpt: I bought this tripod 2 years ago, when it was more expensive, and haven't regretted it. I use the tripod regularly, about once a week, sometimes more. The center column can rotate (locked by a knob) as well as pull up and rotate laterally.
Excerpt: My first experience with a tripod and I'm very pleased. It was recommended to me by a professional photographer who I highly respect. The center column flexibility is a real plus that allows you to shoot at any angle. Very solid piece of equipment.
Excerpt: I was seriously considering a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber when I happened upon the Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT review. I love the variable angle center column on the Alta Pro which the Manfrotto lacks. Plus the Manfrotto has a limited lifetime warranty...Sold!!!
Pros: Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: The locks of the legs tilt are very fragile. I already have two of them broken, as visible in the image below. The tripod is also too short determining that opens the central column, less stable. I sent an email to the manufacturer requesting action but not getting any response yet.
Excerpt: I bought this tripod after seeing someone else use it at a Macro photography class. I immediately appreciated the ability to withdraw the middle tube and take advantage of the 180 degree angling.
Pros: Good Stability, Innovative Design, Lightweight
Excerpt: I bought this new directly from the importer at a great price. Effectively, I got the Carbon Fibre version for the price of alloy. I paired this with the Vanguard BBH-200 magnesium alloy ball-head.
Summary: I bought this tripod to replace my 3 years old aluminum Manfrotto 190XPROB which has configurable center column orientation (either vertical or horizontal) which is pretty handy for macro photography.
Pros: Lightweight, cost effective, multi angle center column, low angle photography, comes with bag and stone bag